20+ Fast and Easy Keto Lunch Ideas is a compilation of delicious everyday fast lunches you can make in a hurry, or ahead of time. Tackle that busy day with a healthy lunch! Here are quick and easy, make-ahead, low carb and keto lunches you can make in no time!
These are my go-to ketogenic recipes every day. Finding time to make a healthy meal in the morning while trying to get out the door in the morning is hard, but not with these keto healthy recipes! Check them out!
Need Ideas For a Fast and Easy Keto Lunch?
Lunch is an easy time for me to fall off the "healthy eating wagon." If I am not prepared then I have to get takeout and when I have to eat out, it's easy to ignore your diet rules when you're faced with a lot of tempting lunch options.
To help you stay on track I have filtered through recipe after recipe online to find fast lunch ideas that taste good and that I can make quickly or, ahead of time. Below are a few of my favorite go-to fast and easy keto lunch ideas.
Quick Keto Lunch Ideas
For me (full-time working mother and wife), a good recipe is - easy to prepare, quick to make, and/or can be made ahead. Make ahead options are a must.
I don't have time to prepare complicated lunches every day either. Any eating plan that requires me to spend a lot of time cooking is not for me! I usually spend about an hour on Sundays meal prepping for a few lunches during the week. This makes things go so much smoother during the week!
Check out these fast lunch ideas below. To get you started, I've also included a five-day menu plan below 🙂 xoxo
Keto Lunch Ideas For Work
For those of you who work then you know, it's a challenge to find easy keto lunch ideas for work. The key is that the lunch has to be packable and depending upon where you work you might have to consider storage, or whether you have a microwave to heat your lunch in.
Because I work outside my home full time, all of these recipes are easy to pack.
My favorite products for an easy keto packed lunch:
- Want to pack soup (or another hot item) but don't have access to a microwave, get this Thermos food jar - it will keep food and liquids hot for up to 14 hours.
- I love this flexible snack, lunch, salad combo kit from Rubbermaid! It is perfect for packing any of the meals below and is dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe. Love it.
- Here is the perfect way to meal prep your lunches - a three compartment, leak proof, glass storage container that comes in a pack of 3. The perfect bento box that also stackable, dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe. And they come with a fork and a knife.
- Take a look at these super cute lunch bags. They are not expensive and I love all the pattern options. (The stripe and leopard are my favorites!)
Ketogenic Lunch Ideas - 5 days of lunches
Here are 5 ketogenic lunch ideas you will love. Links for all recipes are further below in the post, but this will get you started if you are menu planning. Several recipes are make-ahead and are perfect for a weeknight dinner and you can simply pack the leftovers. Enjoy!
- Day One
- Shrimp Louie Salad is an easy salad to throw together. You can pre-grill your shrimp or you can use pre-cooked shrimp. I love this with shredded napa cabbage or very thinly sliced regular cabbage.
- Day Two
- Keto Chicken Soup (made with chicken thighs) and a side salad with your favorite keto-approved dressing. Make soup ahead of time and reheat at work - or get the Thermos I recommended above (it will keep warm for a very long time!)
- Day Three
- Leftover Keto Eggs Benedict Frittata. This is SO GOOD and reheats really well. Make this for dinner and pack the leftovers! Unlike traditional hollandaise sauce, the mock hollandaise sauce is no fuss easily transported.
- Day Four
- Leftover Zucchini Taco Boats. Easy to make for dinner and even easier to pack for lunch. This is one of my most popular recipes on the blog. Make sure to make the homemade taco seasoning - you will love it!
- Day Five
- Throw together some cheese cubes/slices, olives, nuts, salami, and raw veggies for your own lunchtime Charcuterie "Platter". This is a fast lunch idea!
Easy Keto Lunch Options
Try these easy ketogenic lunch ideas for the upcoming week! From keto make-ahead meals, keto quick lunch salads, keto soups, and stews, to low carb and keto bread for sandwiches - I've got you covered. No more boring lunches!
Keto Quick Lunch Salads
Shrimp Louie Salad
An easy make-ahead dish! I LOVE this salad. While it calls for grilled shrimp, you can just as easily substitute pre-cooked shrimp in this recipe. This is super easy to make. Recipe: Shrimp Louie Salad
This is actually one of my favorite things to pack for lunch. While this layered salad is the perfect dish to take to a gathering I actually make it as a side for dinner all the time. Because it makes so much I have tasty leftovers!
As long as you don't mix in the dressing this will keep for several days. I pack several portions of it in airtight containers and take them for lunch! It's delicious with its bacon and cheese and the mayonnaise-based dressing.
Feel free to play around with vegetables in this salad to fit your dietary requirements. Layered Salad recipe, here
Pick Your Protein Salad with Creamy Ranch Dressing
For this recipe, you've got loads of options! Pick your favorite protein and veggies, and make this fabulous ranch dressing and you are set for an awesome lunch.
You can use egg (see pic below), chicken, steak, shrimp, fish, or ham. Pack up your favorite salad veggies, chicken, and dressing into separate sections or containers.
You can grill your own chicken in advance, or you can buy pre-grilled chicken breasts from the store to save some time. I typically try and keep pre-grilled meats in the freezer (either homemade or store-bought) so I can quickly grab that important protein in a hurry!
You will love this homemade keto-approved and dairy-free creamy ranch dressing. (See Healthful Pursuits, recipe here) Tip: when making the recipe I used fresh diced onion instead of dried onion, but either one will taste good.
Keto Tuna Salad Stuffed Avocados
These delicious keto tuna salad stuffed avocados by Yummy Healthy Easy, (HERE)
Cobb Egg Salad
This Cobb Egg Salad recipe is GOOD - and it keeps really well. I have found that it keeps longer by not adding the arugula directly to the salad. Instead, I serve it over a bed of arugula. See Lemon Tree Dwelling's Cobb Egg Salad recipe, here.
Low Carb and Keto Soups and Stews
So. I picked these 3 keto soups because they are total comfort food. When I am at work I love comfort food. Unfortunately, I have a stressful job so I will take comfort from chicken soup, broccoli cheddar soup, and tomato basil soup. lol! 🙂
Instant Pot Low Carb and Keto Chicken Soup
Easy meal prep option! Prepare this super easy chicken soup ahead of time, or for a dinner and use as leftovers. Pack up in a microwave-safe dish, and reheat for your next lunch. I eat this one a lot at work! I like comforting cozy food at work! Enjoy! You can find my Instant Pot Low Carb and Keto Chicken Soup here.
Keto Broccoli Cheese Soup With Beer Brats
Broccoli, Beer, and Brat Cheese Soup is the ultimate comfort food, and not just for low carb and ketogenic followers!
With three kinds of melted cheese, bratwurst, beer, and broccoli all coming together in this delicious instant pot soup - this will be your new favorite recipe!
You can make this in an instant pot or on your stove. This reheats really well and tastes so good! Recipe: Keto Broccoli Cheese Soup with Beer Brats (Keto Instant Pot Recipe)
Tomato and Basil Soup
This easy tomato and basil soup is loaded with tomatoes, cheese, fresh basil, cream, and garnished with garlic basil parmesan cheese crisps. It is super delicious, easy to make! Recipe: Easy Tomato and Basil Soup (Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Soup)
Keto Make Ahead Meals or Leftovers
You can save yourself a lot of time by making extra portions of a previous night's dinner. As you're cleaning up, set aside your portion for your next day's lunch. Or, make these delicious recipes in advance and you'll have some seriously easy keto lunches ready to go. Simple and delicious!
Lasagna Stuffed Peppers
I love these lasagna stuffed peppers for leftovers! They are the perfect serving and taste super delicious reheated! These are easy to make-ahead, or you can do what I do and make a double batch, and take them to work or eat as leftovers. Recipe: Lasagna Stuffed Peppers (Keto Stuffed Peppers)
More stuffed peppers you will love for lunches! Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers (Keto Stuffed Peppers)
Zucchini Taco Boats
These zucchini taco boats are literally perfect for meal prepping. They have minimal ingredients and are really easy to make. You can bake them all ahead of time then reheat for your lunch. They reheat really well.
I packed my lunch with a side of avocado, sour cream, and salsa to keep with the taco theme! So good!! You can find my Zucchini Taco Boat Recipe here.
Keto Eggs Benedict Frittata
Not just for brunch anymore! This easy eggs benedict frittata is so delicious and makes the perfect leftovers or make ahead meals. Eggs benedict casserole with a mock hollandaise sauce is a recipe that anyone can make!
Mock hollandaise sauce can be made in advance and keeps well, not like traditional hollandaise sauce. Recipe for Keto Eggs Benedict Frittata
Low Carb Korean Beef Bowl
These Korean beef bowls taste amazing and are a great option for a make ahead lunch. Recipe by Whole Kitchen Sink
One Pan Roasted Shrimp and Zucchini and Tomatoes
We currently have an overabundance of zucchini and tomatoes from our garden. In fact, I'm thinking of making a post solely dedicated to zucchini recipes, LOL!
I also just noticed that my sister Jen (Whole Lotta Yum) recently posted a zucchini and tomato recipe so that tells me she has a lot from her garden too! See Whole Lotta Yum's recipe. With a slight variation to add protein and make it a complete lunch...
In the last 15 minutes of roasting your vegetables, add shrimp to the same pan you are roasting your veggies in. Toss the veggies and shrimp so the shrimp get coated in the olive oil and cheese. Finish baking and yum!
Keto Teriyaki Chicken
I love teriyaki chicken and this recipe is one of my favorites. It makes great leftovers and you can easily pack it up with riced cauliflower and some steamed broccoli for a delicious lunch. jenniferbanz.com recipe for Keto Teriyaki Chicken
Easy Keto Packed Lunch
These are lunches that you can throw together in a hurry! This might be my favorite section! LOL
Ham Roll Ups
Ham and Cheese Roll Ups are the perfect thing to take for lunch! They are super tasty, simple, have less than 5 ingredients, and can be made several days in advance.
You can also have these assembled in less than 15 minutes! Get creative and roll up other favorite ingredients. Recipe: Ham and Cheese Roll Ups
Keto Lunch Charcuterie
Say that 3 times fast! I love appetizers so I, therefore, go crazy over charcuterie platters. This makes a great and really satisfying lunch.
Green Egg & Goats has added various types of salami, marinated mozzarella balls and olives, but you can also add nuts or small pickles. You can switch it up and add nuts, vegetables, diced chicken, etc. Super easy!
Recipe by Green Eggs & Goats
Salmon Roll Ups
OMG. I love smoked salmon and avocado, and of course cream cheese. See Our Paleo Life's fantastic recipe here. The dill dip seasoning blend is what gives these babies awesome flavor!
Low Carb Bread Recipes for Sandwiches
90-Second Keto Bread In The Microwave
I make this 90-second keto bread A Lot. It's super simple and makes a great option for bread. I don't know about you but I want more options than just lettuce to make a sandwich from. 90-Second Keto Bread In The Microwave recipe from Listotic
Keto Bread Loaf
This is a no-egg version of a low carb bread that uses psyllium husk and almond flour. It is a great make-ahead option for sandwiches all week! Also great toasted! Keto Bread Loaf recipe from Sweet As Honey
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